Tugg Massa is the owner and operator of ‘Akron Say No To Dope’ and he has been engaged in high levels of fraud and unlawful conduct for years. Massa is well known for bullying his residents and has made direct attempts to undermine other treatment facilities, all in an effort to further enrich himself. He uses his business to promote political figures, such as local area Judges, which is a direct violation of 501(c)(3) non-profit rules and effectively places him into hot water with the Federal Government. In return for his political endeavors, Judges have been and are expected to send Mr. Massa clients seeking help. After he receives a referral Massa will then send the drug addict to a rehabilitation center where he has and will receive kickbacks for placement (in many cases). Massa has also been reported numerous times for abusing his wife, all of which is documented at length within this article.
Tugg Massa also claims that he doesn’t and never will work for a treatment center. Yet, according to his Facebook he is a recovery coach for a treatment center in Chardon called “Prosperity Haven”. Interestingly enough, Massa doesn’t have a certificate through the State of Ohio. Meaning, he isn’t a certified recovery coach. Yet, this past Friday he was just hosting the “Packard Institute Recovery Coach Academy” where he was “breaking it down” for the candidates.
SEARCH IT: Ohio Public Certification Database
Individuals that reside at Massa’s sober house, on numerous occasions, have witnessed him attacking his wife. Countless others have also reported persistent fighting between the couple. Most recently, Tugg Massa viciously attacked his wife, took her car keys, prevented her from leaving the facility and hit her. Which left his wife with a visible bruise above her eye. It should be noted that the couple both reside at the men’s sober house.
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COBRA Says: Out of everything stated above, one thing isn’t mentioned… Isn’t it like highly unethical for a woman to be permanently housed at an all men’s facility? Tugg Massa’s wife permanently stays at the facility, which is only for men. She sleeps there, showers there, uses the bathroom there. How exactly does that work?
Questions have also been raised regarding Tugg’s sobriety, however nothing has been confirmed and it’s all pure speculation as of this writing.
Organizations with 501(c)(3) status cannot participate in political campaigns. This means that ‘Akron Say No to Dope’ cannot legally engage in political promotions of any kind or face severe consequences. A 501(c)(3) organization is absolutely forbidden to directly or indirectly participate in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. As a direct result, the violation of this prohibition will lead the IRS to completely revoke Akron Say No to Dope’s organizational tax-exempt status and or impose excise taxes on the organization. In other words, the IRS is coming for Tugg Massa for violating Federal Law.
Tugg Massa has a criminal past, one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering the revelations within this submission. Massa was heavily involved in drug use and drug distribution in his early years as well as blatant theft. As a result, he was sentenced to two unique prison terms, one for 6 months and the other for 2 years. He was ultimately released in 2014.
CR-2008-12-4203 – Theft (F5) – Convicted & sentenced to 6 months in Prison.
CR-2012-10-2919-A – Assembly/Possession of Chemicals, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Illegal Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs (F3, F5, F5, M4 & F2 Respectively) – Convicted & sentenced to 2 years in prison for Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs (remaining charges dismissed as part of a plea deal).
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As if the aforementioned above isn’t enough to raise concerns regarding the integrity of Mr. Massa, then perhaps the following will shed additional light on his extreme profiteering and selfish behavior.
Massa also owns another company called “New Beginnings Boutique & Thrift”. New Beginnings is a store located at 932 Kenmore BLVD where he sells clothes and other odd items. The shop also accepts donations and individuals whom donate are under the belief that the clothing they are donating will be distributed to the needy in the community and or re-sold at low cost. This is true for most of the donations, however, any new clothes that hold marginal values and or are affixed with price tags are in all actuality taken to Plato’s Closet or sold online through eBay. This was first reported in 2018 by a former board member who worked closely with Massa.
The Bottom Line
SCUMBAGGED Tip: There’s always success stories that derive from sober houses and to anyone that Tugg Massa has helped, god bless you. However, individuals such as Tugg Massa all to often develop a following and are revered and view themselves as savior like figures. It was not Tugg Massa who helped individuals get sober, it was the individual who sought the substance abuse treatment, it was the individual who worked hard to become a functional part of society again and it was the individual who is responsible for any successes they have accomplished. Tugg Massa is nothing more than a greedy little middle man, a womanizer, extreme profiteer, one who enjoys breaking non-profit rules, hard pressing clients for cash, accepting and receiving kickbacks for rehab placements, fighting with his wife all hours of the night (verbally and physically), selling donated clothes for cash on eBay or at a marginal profit to Plato’s Closet, backing political figures in exchange for clients, so on and so forth. If that’s not the definition of a Scumbag, then what exactly is? You’ve been warned…